September 27, 2018

National Water Resources Board (NWRB) Executive Director Sevillo D. David Jr., recently participated in the 7th WaterLinks Forum 2018, with the theme “Solving Asia’s Urban Water Crisis: The Water-Food-Energy-Climate Change Nexus”, which was held at the Unilab Bayanihan Center, Metro Manila last September 25 – 27, 2018.

During the parallel discussion, Director David presented the topic “Water for Food and Municipal use: The case of the Angat Multipurpose Dam.” He explained that Angat Dam certifies the concept of water-food-energy-climate nexus. The dam is the primary water resource of Metro Manila supplying 96% of its water requirements, irrigates about 27,000 hectares of farmland in the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga, generates hydroelectric power for Luzon grid and serves as flood control to downstream towns.
“As climate change impacts their water services, we should go beyond the science or technological part in optimizing our water resources,” Director David said in his presentation.

He also mentioned that the use of technology, digital data and right models is very important in finding possible solutions to solve the urban water crisis.

The forum consisted of five (5) plenary presentations, two (2) parallel sessions and an exhibition. Delegates were introduced and invited to join the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization-International Hydraulics Programme (UNESCO-IHP), the only intergovernmental Programme of the UN system devoted to water research, water resources management, and education and capacity building.  

It was attended by over 200 participants composed of institutional water operators and industry leaders from more than 20 countries, technical architects, data scientists and storage/infrastructure managers from a wide range of Filipino businesses. The trade exhibit also demonstrated some of the latest technologies in water and wastewater management and showcasing their products and services of more than a dozen of exhibitors and partners.